This workshop is for Product Owners, Business Analysts, Testers and anyone in the organisation involved in product strategy and management.
The workshop starts with a typical Product Backlog of 500 poorly worded, real-world user stories. Attendees apply Impact Mapping to reverse engineer a visual strategy of the backlog. Impact Maps are a simple yet very powerful product planning technique that helps teams align their activities with overall business objectives and make better decisions. Attendees then learn how to use the Impact Map to communicate with stakeholders and focus on the areas of maximum value first. The result is typically a pruning of functionality that is not strategically aligned or valuable.
With the core product strategy in place, the attendees then learn how to apply a Story Map - a tool for visually mapping how the system will behave.
Finally, participants apply the techniques from Gojko Adzic’s “50 Ideas to Improve Your User Stories” book to get the remaining, high value user stories into pristine shape, resulting in a clean, focused Product Backlog.
The learning outcomes from this workshop are:
- How to apply Impact Mapping to an existing Product Backlog to visualise all the work.
- How to use an Impact Map to communicate product strategy with stakeholders – why we are doing this, for who, what impact are trying to deliver, via what features.
- How to use the Impact Map to determine what is strategically valuable, and what isn’t.
- How to use Story Mapping to design the flow of the product
- How to develop and communicate a business focused release plan (using both of above)
- How to structure User Stories effectively.
- How to turn a large, messy Product Backlog into a clean, focused Product Backlog of quality user stories that align to the business strategy.
This is a very practical workshop based on sound, practitioner level work that will help your teams improve the value you get from Agile. Feedback from this workshop all around the world has been outstanding. Don’t miss out on this chance to capitalise on the presence of an international software thought leader.
About Gojko Adzic
Gojko’s book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. Gojko won the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.
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